Losing someone you love to cancer can be unbearable. It can be hard to know where to start, and what to do first. We can guide you to practical, emotional and financial support which can help you through it.
Practical advice and support when you’ve lost a loved one
If you’re struggling with the loss of a loved one, our Support Line can help – please ring us to speak with a member of the nursing team. When you’ve got questions and concerns, simply pick up the phone and call free on 0808 808 1010 or use our Ask the Nurse form to put your thoughts down in writing.
Practical matters when you’ve lost a loved one
Following a loved ones death there are a lot of practical things that you’ll need to organise like death certificates, notifying those that need to know and the funeral. It can feel overwhelming, but our Advice Team can help and guide you through the process. See here for more information.
Financial support through bereavement
Your financial situation following a bereavement can be a huge cause of stress. Dealing with Wills and probate, changes in benefits, or debts can feel all too much when you’re struggling with grief.
Grants and benefits
Our specialist team of Benefits Advisors can talk to you about what financial support is available and guide you through the complex benefits system.
Emotional support when someone you love has passed away
It’s completely normal to feel a range of emotions after losing someone you love. And it can be hard to believe you’ll ever feel ‘normal’ again. It’s important to look after your emotional and mental wellbeing You can find emotional support through The Counselling Directory which has details of local counsellors and therapists. Other websites such as mind.org.uk or cruse.org.uk also have useful information and advice.
Our support services can help you cope with grief and loss, as well bringing you together with others who understand what you’re going through.
Our Tele-friend Service
We want to make sure we help you as much as we can through these difficult times and as part of this, we have recruited Tele-friend volunteers who can be matched with you so you can have a regular phone calls to lift your spirits and chat to someone friendly outside of your own home.
Find out more here.
Sing with Us
Our Sing with Us choirs are for anyone affected by cancer, but many of our members have lost a loved one. Whilst singing might feel like the last thing you want to do, when you are ready, it’s a great way to lift your spirits, reduce anxiety and depression and meet new people who understand your experiences.
There’s no need to read music, or be a great singer. Just be willing to have a go and join in. And don’t worry, you can bring a friend along for moral support. The more the merrier, the better the sound! Find out more about our Sing with Us choirs.